Specialist profiles

Paul Barkus

Gabor Balazs - Hungary

Tel: +36 1 461 9534, Email Gabor

Gábor is a partner at PwC Hungary and a member of PwC's regional global Accounting Consulting Services (ACS) team. He is constantly providing IFRS advice to large IFRS clients in the region. As part of his regional responsibilities, Gabor is also the reviewer of the PwC IFRS Manual of Accounting and the representative of the CEE region in PwC’s Telecommunication Industry Accounting Group (TIAG). Gábor is also the client training leader for PwC Hungary, heading the firm’s ‘PwC Academy’ in Budapest. The Academy provides training to corporates and individuals primarily in IFRS. As the lead instructor for the PwC Academy, Gábor has instructed on over 40 different training events in the past few years to major clients in Hungary and in several other countries. Gábor has also instructed various IFRS trainings to PwC staff in more than ten countries in the region, including Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Mongolia, Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic and Kazakhstan.

Paul Barkus

Paul Barkus - London, United Kingdom

Tel: [44] (20) 7213 5514, Email Paul

Paul has specialised in telecoms since 1996 and has been a member of the TIAG since its inception. He has worked with fixed line and mobile operators in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia, responsible for assurance, due diligence, public offering and investigation engagements. He has direct industry experience, having spent a year on secondment as adviser to the board of a leading international operator. Paul was responsible for the firm's industry guidance on transition to IFRS and has written or edited a number of our subsequent publications, including the Making Sense of a Complex World series. He acts as a consultant to clients and PwC service teams across the world.

George Cheng

George Cheng - Hong Kong

Tel: [1] (852) 2289 2602, Email George

George has in-depth knowledge of the Hong Kong and Asia mobile and fixed line telecoms sectors. He has extensive experience in advising listed multinational companies on accounting, internal control and corporate governance matters. He also is well versed in telecoms related mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and capital markets transactions in Hong Kong and Asia. His has served the top telecom clients in Hong Kong, and he has also provided services to a number of cable and data-centre companies. George is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Uwe Schwalm

Akhlesh Chowla - Mumbai, India

Tel: 91 (22) 6669 1216, Email Akhlesh

Akhlesh has almost two decades of work experience in the Asia Pacific region in assurance and business advisory services including nearly 6 years of work experience in Singapore. The majority of his work experience has been focused on the Telecommunication industry. Akhlesh has extensive experience in IFRS and US GAAP and handling audits of large and multinational companies. Akhlesh also has experience in M&A transaction support and has led large due diligence projects in the Asia Pacific Region. He is a Chartered Accountant, Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and a Certified Public Accountant in Singapore.

Fiona Dolan

Fiona Dolan - London, United Kingdom

Tel: [44] (20) 7213 4885, Email Fiona

Fiona has specialised in the sector for over 10 years and has experience working with fixed line, cable TV and mobile operators in Europe and the USA in an audit and advisory role (IPOs, due diligence, regulatory process compliance reviews and assurance services including advising on financial reporting under IFRS and UK and US GAAP). Fiona has been a member of the TIAG since its inception and has authored PwC's thought leadership in IFRS and industry accounting including the development of PwC's Applying IFRS for Telecom solutions and on topics such as revenue recognition, IRUs, networks shares and impairment. Fiona has also developed PwC’s internal online training on the audit of telecom specific areas. Fiona regularly presents at the annual TIAG GAAP Summit and other industry events. Her current client base includes fixed line and mobile operators in the UK and internationally.

Francesco Ferrara

Francesco Ferrara - Milan, Italy

Tel: +39 02 778 5525, Email Francesco

Francesco is an Assurance partner based in Milan, Italy. He graduated from Università Luigi Bocconi, is a chartered accountant and auditor in Italy and has 20 years experience in the telecommunications and technology industry. Francesco is the telecommunications assurance leader in Italy and has significant experience leading the audits of Italian groups and subsidiaries of multinational companies.

Karsten Ganssauge

Karsten Ganssauge - Dusseldorf, Germany

Tel: [49] 406 378 8164, Email Karsten

Karsten is the lead accounting advisory partner on a major German Telecom operator. He is also heading the structuring practice of the PwC capital markets & accounting advisory group in Germany providing advice on structuring of transactions and complex accounting questions. Karsten has extensive experience on the practical application of IFRS and US GAAP and broad international experience working in Hamburg, Paris, London, Frankfurt and Tokyo. His work experience includes leadership roles such as German Business Group Leader and Head of IFRS European Desk in Japan as well as Head of Transaction Accounting & Structuring and sponsoring partner für PwC's Business Combinations Group in Germany. He transferred back to Germany from Tokyo in 2012. Karsten is a German chartered accountant and tax advisor as well as a registered CPA in the US.

Peter Hogarth

Peter Hogarth - London, United Kingdom

Tel: [44] (02) 7213 1654, Email Peter

Peter Hogarth is a partner in PwC Accounting Consulting Services group. He advises the firm and its clients on a wide range of financial reporting topics, dealing with both UK GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards. He is a principal author of the firm's Manual of Accounting and is closely involved with many of the firm's initiatives concerning the future direction of financial reporting. He also focuses on developing issues affecting the telecommunications and technology sectors.

Fernand Izeboud

Fernand Izeboud - The Hague, The Netherlands

Tel: [31] (0) 70 342 655, Email Fernand

Fernand has served communications companies since 1993. Fernand leads multi-disciplinary service teams with a focus on complex internal control issues and financial reporting in multi-GAAP environments and in situations of change, including Sarbanes-Oxley requirements, GAAP conversion, regulatory reporting, IPOs, acquisitions and spin-offs. He is currently the lead client service partner for an incumbent telecommunications company. Fernand leads our communications companies practice in The Netherlands, grouping specialists from all disciplines in the Firm. He is a frequent speaker on conferences and has authored many articles on accounting and auditing of communications companies, including the Dutch Auditor's handbook section on telecommunications.

Tom Leonard

Tom Leonard - Little Rock, United States

Tel: [1] (501) 907 8092, Email Tom

Tom joined PwC in 1996 and in addition to working for a variety of telcomms clients, he participated in a two year stint in PwC's National Risk and Quality Group where he provided consultation on complex technical accounting matters to PwC professionals and clients. Some of the services that Tom has provided include assistance with registration statements for mergers, debt offerings and initial public offerings; Rule 144A offering memorandums; SEC comment letter consultation; designed and led a myriad of major companies’ carve-out audits; Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 implementation consultation and assistance; annual audits; and quarterly reviews. In addition to his client responsibilities, Tom instructs internal and external technical courses and has co-authored PwC telecommunications training material.

Geoff Leverton

Geoff Leverton - Toronto, Canada

Tel: +1 (416) 815-5053, Email Geoff

Geoff works in Toronto and the leader of the Capital Markets & Accounting Advisory Services (CMAAS) team. He has more than twelve years’ international experience assisting companies with their capital-raising activities and financial reporting obligations, including IFRS, US GAAP, OSC and SEC reporting. His experience on complex accounting and regulatory issues includes carve out and divestiture, purchase accounting, revenue recognition, re-structuring and impairment accounting, income taxes and stock-based compensation.

Geoff has worked in London serving UK and European-based clients engaged in cross-border transactions requiring carve out financial information or GAAP conversion. He also spent 3.5 years in Tokyo, Japan working with some of the largest companies on cross-border transactions, external financial reporting and GAAP conversions.

Matthieu Moussy

Matthieu Moussy - Paris, France

Tel: +33 1 56 57 86 30, Email Matthieu

Matthieu Moussy is an audit partner with PwC France in Paris. He specialises in Telecom and has been a member of our Global Telecom Industry Accounting Group (TIAG) since 2002. Matthieu was on secondment in Tokyo from October 2007 to August 2011, leading audit engagements for foreign companies in Japan, and assisting Japanese multinational companies with their transition to IFRS. Before living in Tokyo, he spent three years focusing on IFRS as a Global Accounting and Consulting IFRS technical partner based in London and Paris. Matthieu also has a strong experience with large CAC 40 companies in France in the Telecom and Technology sectors. He has experience with IPOs and US public companies in the Technology sector from his time living in San Jose, CA. Matthieu is a French and US CPA.

Brenda Tam

Brenda Tam - Beijing, China

Tel: [86] (10) 6533 7663, Email Brenda

Brenda is an assurance partner who started her career in Hong Kong, then spent six years with PwC US based in San Jose, California, prior to relocating to Beijing in 2006. Brenda has extensive experience on IPOs, domestic and foreign companies listed in the US in the technology, Internet and telecommunications sectors. Brenda has been a key member working on one of the three telecommunications operators in China since April 2006 with active involvement in the company’s first-time adoption of IFRS in 2008. Brenda is a practising fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK and a licensed Certified Public Accountant in California, USA. She is also one of the risk management partners in the China North region.

Richard Veysey

Richard Veysey - New York, United States

Tel: [1] (646) 471 3000, Email Richard

Richard is a Principal in the IFRS Accounting Advisory group based in New York. He transferred over from London in July 2008 to focus full time on helping US companies to address the challenges relating to the IFRS conversion process. Richard has a wealth of experience assisting companies (primarily in the Technology, Media and Telecoms sectors) in dealing with complex accounting issues under IFRS and US GAAP. During his career with PwC, Richard has provided a range of consulting, advisory and assurance services to large multinational companies as they navigate the process of converting from local GAAP to IFRS - both in Europe and more recently in Korea, Canada and the USA as part of the current wave of IFRS transition.

Thomas Tandetzki

Thomas Tandetzki - Düsseldorf, Germany

Tel: +49 211 981 1105, Email Thomas

Thomas has been a PwC Germany Partner since 2002. He is experienced in leading global audits of DAX and MDAX listed companies. Thomas has industry experience with a focus on Telecommunications, Media, Technology, Chemical Distribution and Steel. Based in Germany, Thomas has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1998 and Certified Tax Advisor since 1997. He has been a member of the TIAG since its inception and worked with fixed line and mobile operators. He acts in complex IFRS transitions and comprehensive control and accounting system harmonization projects.

Rosalie Wilkie

Rosalie Wilkie - Sydney, Australia

Tel: +61 (2) 8266 8381, Email Rosalie

Rosalie is a Partner in the assurance practice of the Sydney office. She has lead a number of consulting, due diligence, IPO and audit assignments, both locally and in Asia and the US. Rosalie is able to provide insight into all aspects of international financial reporting standards (IFRS) having spent time advising PwC’s partners and managers while seconded to our Global Accounting Consulting Services group. Rosalie is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and is a registered company auditor.

Helen Wise

Helen Wise - Johannesburg, South Africa

Tel: +27 (11) 797 5293, Email Helen

Helen is a partner in PwC South Africa. She is an accredited member of the Firm's global accounting consulting services. She has extensive experience on the practical application of IFRS and the key issues under IFRS which many local and international companies are facing. Helen was appointed as the technical partner directly to the key clients of the local Firm which include a variety of media and telecommunications clients. As a result she has a comprehensive understanding of the accounting issues faced by telecommunication companies.